National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month

Did you know the average American consumes about 25 pounds of bananas per year? In the U.S., we eat a wide variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year, and June marks National Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. Fruits and vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet year-round, but this June, Benefits.gov is sharing some helpful information for achieving a more nutritious lifestyle.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends that most adults eat at least three cups of fruits and vegetables per day. Fruits and vegetables are high in fiber, low in calories, and contain numerous vitamins and minerals. There are many ways to them to your diet, like chopping them up into your pasta sauce, grilling vegetable skewers on the barbeque, or blending vegetables and fruits together into a nutritious smoothie. For other ideas, check out ChooseMyPlate.gov’s 10 Tips Nutrition Education Series. Eating healthy can be expensive, but there are many low-cost ways to meet your nutrition needs. According to ChooseMyPlate.gov’s Smart Shopping tips, fruits and vegetables that are in season are often less expensive and on sale at local grocery stores.

Moreover, there are government benefits available to help offset the cost of fruits, vegetables, and other parts of a nutritious diet. The WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) is associated with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC). WIC provides supplemental food, health care referrals, and nutrition education at no cost to low-income pregnant, breastfeeding, and post-partum women, and to infants and children up to five years of age. FMNP provides fresh, unprepared, locally grown fruits and vegetables to qualifying WIC participants.

In addition, many states offer their own fresh fruit and vegetable programs, including menus, nutrition information, calendars, tools, and suggestions. These programs can help you learn where to go and how best to get fresh fruits and vegetables in your state.

We encourage you to view the rest of the Food and Nutrition benefits on our site and, beyond that, take the Benefit Finder questionnaire to see what other government benefits you may be eligible to receive. You can also check out USDA’s page of Fruit and Vegetable Resources to find out more about fruits and vegetables, and nutrition in general.

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